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Ok,

So, I am looking at options to cool my Crossfire Radeon 6950s. I have an RS360 up top (Wishing I had gone with a RX360 but whatever).

Here is what I was looking to do. Keep in mind I am ok with modding and doing my own stuff. So, with that said...

EDIT: NEW BUILD

Ok so this one is a mod free ease of installation idea... Going off the basis for decent temps with mid range fan speeds. Although... I do not know what loop order is best for something like this? What do you guys think?



Options 1
Could I fit a 200mm Phobya rad up front with the 200mm intake and just move the HDD rack back? Or would it be better to have it as exhaust so heat isn't blowing directly into the HHDs? It seems to have plenty of room to move the HDD back and not interfere with the cards. I would remove the top bay of the HDD rack for the tubing from the 200mm rad, and dremel holes for it to come through the back of the rack. Also would this be bad because hot air would be blowing right into the HDDs? Should I do exhaust?



Options 2
This is the more standard approach. I would remove two bays of the HDD rack, and have a RX240 in the bottom. I have seen a few people do this... But i am worried about from where the RX240 gets it's fresh air?? and also hot air would be blown right into the HDDs is this bad? I MIGHT dremel an exhaust hole in the bottom of the case and add a filter.



Options 3
This is the setup I don't quite understand how it would work yet, since as of a few weeks ago I was brand new to water cooling. But I would have a Phobya 200mm on the front again, with the WHOLE HDD rack removed and I would remove the res/pump out of the 5.25 bay area so I could have more room for HDDs. I would use a cylindrical res on the back like I have seen a few people do.



So what do you guys think? One of these options any good? None of them?

Note: For those who don't know here is a Phobya 200mm
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...tl=g30c95s1344

Double Note: I don't want to externally mount
Edited by Elmateo487 - 6/13/11 at 12:27pm
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To me, your best bet looks like the first one. Having air intaking through a rad is already going to make it hot, and your case will recycle that air through the RS-360 at the top of the case.

Just make sure you have sufficient airflow otherwise as well, I'd recommend an intake on the top back of your case to supply clear air for the RS-360, and a side intake fan (or fans) if you have space for them.

This way, you're not recycling any hot air through the rads, which will keep your components cooler.

One question though, can you have a push/pull setup on the 200mm with the first setup? Looks like you only have one fan there atm, but a push/pull configuration in option 3.
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I'm running the same thing 2 6950's and cpu on rs360 alone......... my gpu's max out at 42 and depending on how hard I'm pushing my cpu it maxes around 47. I did however add 2 more fans to the 3 it came with for push/pull I had the same thought...to add a good 120 in drive bay but decided to try it first...think I'll just leave it alone.
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To me, your best bet looks like the first one. Having air intaking through a rad is already going to make it hot, and your case will recycle that air through the RS-360 at the top of the case.

Just make sure you have sufficient airflow otherwise as well, I'd recommend an intake on the top back of your case to supply clear air for the RS-360, and a side intake fan (or fans) if you have space for them.

This way, you're not recycling any hot air through the rads, which will keep your components cooler.

One question though, can you have a push/pull setup on the 200mm with the first setup? Looks like you only have one fan there atm, but a push/pull configuration in option 3.
I think ill have great airflow which will make up for various problems that normally would arise in some of these situations. Ill have intake on the back as you suggested, and intake on the side door.

As for push/pull in option 1, I don't think I can fit the HDD rack moved back like I have it and a second fan down there. In option 3, I have 2 fans fitting there because I have the HDD rack removed.
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I think ill have great airflow which will make up for various problems that normally would arise in some of these situations. Ill have intake on the back as you suggested, and intake on the side door.

As for push/pull in option 1, I don't think I can fit the HDD rack moved back like I have it and a second fan down there. In option 3, I have 2 fans fitting there because I have the HDD rack removed.
Gotcha. One fan in pull should be enough as long as it's a nice fan. But, that setup looks good to me! Good luck with it!
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I'm running the same thing 2 6950's and cpu on rs360 alone......... my gpu's max out at 42 and depending on how hard I'm pushing my cpu it maxes around 47. I did however add 2 more fans to the 3 it came with for push/pull
Wait are you serious? What games do you play? That sounds crazy to me! Hahaha. I do have the RS360 with 6 fans in push pull , I do have an i5 at 4.7 which can put out some serious heat, so maybe that wouldn't work? But I would love to think that it would. Hahaha. I don't want the coolest temps, but rather reasonably cool temps with decent fan speeds (not loud) I do have 3 GT ap29s, 3000rpm fans on a controller, so I can crank them when I like.
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Those temps are running kumbuster for gpu's then switching to prime95 while everythings still hot to max out cpu
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Those temps are running kumbuster for gpu's then switching to prime95 while everythings still hot to max out cpu
LOL that sounds so crazy it makes me want to try it, see my temps then act accordingly.

P.S. while you are here... WHAT GPU blocks are you using? I see heatkillers, but I have been trying to find what ones will fit our cards? Which hasn't been very easy to do. Haha, also what speed are you fans on the RS360 running at?

EDIT: these are my cards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-393-_-Product
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I used hd6870 heatkillers for mine....the 2gb powercolor used 6870 pcb PowerColor AX6950 2GBD5-2DH. Yep those are my cards. You will have to use 6870 waterblocks no matter what brand you go with. i'm running 2 of the fans that came with the rs360 kit and 3 zalman F3's...low rpm
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I used hd6870 heatkillers for mine....the 2gb powercolor used 6870 pcb PowerColor AX6950 2GBD5-2DH. Yep those are my cards. You will have to use 6870 waterblocks no matter what brand you go with.
That is great great news. Thanks.
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